Published on 2015-10-06
Mr. Robert Baah, Agona West Social Welfare Director, has urged parents to support their children who could not further their education, and were learning vocations to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to be proactive in society.
He said if parents played their roles effectively, especially by providing their children with basic necessities, such as food, transportation, and shelter, it would go a long way to supplement what the Government, NGOs, Benevolent Organizations and Philanthropists, were providing towards their proper upbringing.
Mr. Baah made the call at a day’s sensitization workshop organized by “Care Help Now,” a Non-Governmental Organization based in the Agona West Constituency for 18 children and their parents, being sponsored to learn vocations at Agona Swedru.
The workshop was graced by officials from the Agona West Municipal Assembly, Municipal Social Welfare Directorate and other stakeholders in the up-bringing of children.
The participants were take through topics including, counseling, the need for parents to support and to monitor the movement of their children, the children to be law abiding, respect to the elderly, adhere to instructions and advises given them by their craft masters, the need for them to concentrate on their training to pass out successful after the three-year maximum training to be skillful and knowledgeable.
The Municipal Social Welfare Director said the youth were the future man-power development of the country, and the surest way to groom them was to use the country’s limited resources to nurture them.
Mr. Sylvester Kwesi Botchway, Chief Executive Office of the NGO, informed the gathering that they operate in areas including, women empowerment, health and sanitation, support to the venerable to learn various vocations, and support the needy but brilliant students to further their education.
He said since its establishment two years ago, the NGO had sponsored many people in the areas of surgical operations, the payment of school fees, and had been participating in the Municipal Assembly’s programmes, including clean-up exercises.
Mr. Abrahim Saaka, Deputy Coordinating Director of the Agona West Assembly, commended the NGO for considering the plight of the people, and gave the assurance that the doors of the Assembly were opened to support them when the need arose.
He urged the beneficiaries of the programme to take such trainings very serious for them to be skillful in order that the huge monies the NGO was spending on them would not go waste, but rather yield fruits for others to benefit from.
Madam Elizabeth Dadzie, Deputy Director of the NGO in charge of Skill Training, said children were the nation’s assets, and there was the need to ensure their proper upbringing.
She urged parents not to hesitate to provide their children with basic necessities, such as food and transportation.